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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336734/the-relationship-between-women-s-characteristics-and-herbal-medicines-use-during-pregnancy
#1
Fatemeh Abdollahi, Jamshid Yazdani Cherati
The use of herbal medicines (HM) has been increasing worldwide. This cross-sectional study investigated the prevalence of and characteristics related to use of HM among 320 pregnant women. Participants were admitted to Mazandaran-based hospitals' postnatal wards from March to June 2015. Data were collected via a self-report questionnaire, including herbs used during pregnancy and demographic, socioeconomic and pregnancy-related factors. Nearly half (48.4%) of the women reported taking one or more HM during pregnancy...
January 16, 2018: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297835/microsporidiosis-in-peppermint-shrimp-decapoda-hippolytidae-lysmata-spp
#2
Elise E B LaDouceur, Brian G Murphy
Microsporidia are a diverse, parasitic phylum closely related to fungi. They infect a broad range of host species and tissues. This report describes microsporidiosis infection in a captive, wild-caught peppermint shrimp ( Lysmata spp.). The animal was found dead in its enclosure approximately 5 days after molting. Grossly, the skeletal musculature was diffusely swollen, opaque, and pale tan to white. Histologically, skeletal myofibers were replaced by large aggregates of sporophorous vesicles containing up to eight spores and earlier stages of sporogony...
December 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273467/the-effect-of-premedication-with-peppermint-oil-capsules-colpermin-prior-to-colonoscopy-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
#3
Hassan Al Moussawi, Mariam Al Khatib, Malak El Ahmar, Houssam Al Masri, Ali Leddy, Tamer Akel, Ali Khalil
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Colonoscopy is the cornerstone of diagnosing colonic diseases. Investigators have evaluated the effectiveness of antispasmodic agents in colonoscopy with conflicting evidence. The aim of this study is to determine the efficacy of enteric coated peppermint oil capsules (Colpermin®), an antispasmodic agent, on outcomes during colonoscopy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 80 patients undergoing elective colonoscopy were recruited and randomized in a double blinded fashion to receive either placebo or peppermint oil capsules administered 4 h prior to the procedure...
December 19, 2017: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250985/green-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-thymbra-spicata-l-var-spicata-zahter-aqueous-leaf-extract-and-evaluation-of-their-morphology-dependent-antibacterial-and-cytotoxic-activity
#4
Fatih Erci, Rabia Cakir-Koc, Ibrahim Isildak
Silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) were green synthesized at room temperature using different concentrations of the Thymbra spicata L. var. spicata (Zahter) aqueous leaf extracts for the first time. With the synthesis of AgNPs using the leaf extract of Cynara scolymus (Artichoke) and Mentha piperita (Peppermint), the biological activities of the nanoparticles synthesized using leaf extract of three economically significant plants have been studied comparatively. Nanoparticles were characterized by different spectroscopic and microscopic analysis...
December 17, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247770/apigenin-promotes-trail-mediated-apoptosis-regardless-of-ros-generation
#5
Chang-Hee Kang, Ilandarage Menu Neelaka Molagoda, Yung Hyun Choi, Cheol Park, Dong-Oh Moon, Gi-Young Kim
Apigenin is a bioactive flavone in several herbs including parsley, thyme, and peppermint. Apigenin possesses anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties; however, whether apigenin enhances TRAIL-mediated apoptosis in cancer cells is unknown. In the current study, we found that apigenin enhanced TRAIL-induced apoptosis by promoting caspase activation and death receptor 5 (DR5) expression and a chimeric antibody against DR5 completely blocked the apoptosis. Apigenin also upregulated reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation; however, intriguingly, ROS inhibitors, glutathione (GSH) or N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC), moderately increased apigenin/TRAIL-induced apoptosis...
December 13, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245395/a-new-species-of-i-lysmata-i-risso-1816-crustacea-decapoda-lysmatidae-from-the-gulf-of-mexico
#6
Sanjeevi Prakash, J Antonio Baeza
A new species of peppermint shrimp, Lysmata baueri n. sp., is described based on a single specimen from the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The new species can be distinguished from other morphologically similar species of Lysmata Risso, 1816 by the number of teeth, length and shape of the rostrum, the length of the antennular peduncle relative to the scaphocerite, the number of meral and ischial articles in the second pereiopods, and the number of spines on the flexor margin of the dactyli from the third to fifth pereiopods...
December 12, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239483/the-effects-of-olfactory-stimulation-on-the-behavior-of-captive-ring-tailed-lemurs-lemur-catta
#7
Brittanny Baker, Sienna Taylor, V Tamara Montrose
Ring-tailed lemurs reside in many animal collections worldwide. Lemur welfare may be a cause of concern due to some captive individuals exhibiting stereotypic behavior. Despite these concerns, there has been little exploration of methods of environmental enrichment for ring-tailed lemurs. Olfactory stimulation can enhance captive animal welfare by encouraging species-typical behaviors, enhancing behavioral diversity, and decreasing stereotypic behaviors. We aimed to investigate the effects of olfactory stimulation via lavender, peppermint, coconut, and prey odor upon the behavior of eight captive ring-tailed lemurs...
December 14, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239178/capillary-structured-suspensions-from-in-situ-hydrophobized-calcium-carbonate-particles-suspended-in-a-polar-liquid-media
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Timothy S Dunstan, Anupam A K Das, Pierre Starck, Simeon D Stoyanov, Vesselin N Paunov
We demonstrate that capillary suspensions can be formed from hydrophilic calcium carbonate particles suspended in a polar continuous media and connected by capillary bridges formed of minute amounts of an immiscible secondary liquid phase. This was achieved in two different polar continuous phases, water and glycerol, and three different oils, oleic acid, isopropyl myristate, and peppermint oil as a secondary liquid phase. The capillary structuring of the suspension was made possible through local in situ hydrophobization of the calcium carbonate particles dispersed in the polar media by adding very small amounts of oleic acid to the secondary liquid phase...
December 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234408/does-the-fragrance-of-essential-oils-alleviate-the-fatigue-induced-by-exercise-a-biochemical-indicator-test-in-rats
#9
Zhiyue Li, Fengzhi Wu, Haozhen Shao, Yu Zhang, Angran Fan, Feng Li
Objective: To study the effect of the essential oils of Citrus sinensis L., Mentha piperita L., Syzygium aromaticum L., and Rosmarinus officinalis L. on physical exhaustion in rats. Methods: Forty-eight male Wistar rats were randomly divided into a control group, a fatigue group, an essential oil mixture (EOM) group, and a peppermint essential oil (PEO) group. Loaded swimming to exhaustion was used as the rat fatigue model. Two groups were nebulized with EOM and PEO after swimming, and the others were nebulized with distilled water...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211364/insights-into-novel-anticancer-applications-for-apigenin
#10
REVIEW
Adam Kowalczyk, Agnieszka Bodalska, Marta Miranowicz, Katarzyna Karłowicz-Bodalska
Flavonoids, naturally occuring derivatives of 2-phenyl-benzo-γ-pyrone, are widespread in plants as coloring substances. Apigenin (4',5,7,-trihydroxyflavone (5,7-dihydroxy-2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-4H-1-benzopyran-4-one), molecular formula C₁₅H₁₀O⁵, is a flavonoid present in many fruits and vegetables, primarily in citrus fruits, apples, parsley and celery leaves. It is also found in some medicinal plants, including chamomile flowers, thyme, oregano, peppermint, lemon balm and yarrow, as a 7-O-glycoside with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity...
October 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207708/in-vitro-anti-cariogenic-plaque-effects-of-essential-oils-extracted-from-culinary-herbs
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Kornsit Wiwattanarattanabut, Suwan Choonharuangdej, Theerathavaj Srithavaj
Introduction: Cariogenic bacteria including mutans streptococci and lactobacilli are partly but significantly involved in dental caries development. An effective prevention strategy against dental caries is to decrease the accumulation of this microbiota either in planktonic or in biofilm form. Aim: To examine the antimicrobial and anti-plaque effects of some culinary herbs (spices), so the herbs are plausibly used as alternative and effective herbal plaque control supplements to promote good oral health...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163441/antifungal-and-anti-biofilm-activity-of-essential-oil-active-components-against-cryptococcus-neoformans-and-cryptococcus-laurentii
#12
Poonam Kumari, Rutusmita Mishra, Neha Arora, Apurva Chatrath, Rashmi Gangwar, Partha Roy, Ramasare Prasad
Cryptococcosis is an emerging and recalcitrant systemic infection occurring in immunocompromised patients. This invasive fungal infection is difficult to treat due to the ability of Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus laurentii to form biofilms resistant to standard antifungal treatment. The toxicity concern of these drugs has stimulated the search for natural therapeutic alternatives. Essential oil and their active components (EO-ACs) have shown to possess the variety of biological and pharmacological properties...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137614/safety-classification-of-herbal-medicines-used-among-pregnant-women-in-asian-countries-a-systematic-review
#13
Mansoor Ahmed, Jung Hye Hwang, Soojeung Choi, Dongwoon Han
BACKGROUND: High prevalence of herbal medicines used in pregnancy and the lack of information on their safety is a public concern. Despite this, no significant research has been done regarding potential adverse effects of using herbal medicines during pregnancy, especially among developing Asian countries. METHODS: Cross-sectional studies were searched up to year 2016 on PubMed/Medline and EMBASE, the data were extracted and quality of studies was assessed using the quality appraisal tool...
November 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134638/inhibition-of-acid-sensing-ion-channels-by-diminazene-and-apetx2-evoke-partial-and-highly-variable-antihyperalgesia-in-a-rat-model-of-inflammatory-pain
#14
Jia Yu Peppermint Lee, Natalie J Saez, Ben Cristofori-Armstrong, Raveendra Anangi, Glenn F King, Maree T Smith, Lachlan D Rash
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are primary acid sensors in mammals, with the ASIC1b and ASIC3 subtypes being involved in peripheral nociception. The antiprotozoal drug diminazene is a moderately potent ASIC inhibitor but its analgesic activity has not been assessed. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We determined the ASIC subtype selectivity of diminazene and the mechanism by which it inhibits ASICs using voltage-clamp electrophysiology of Xenopus oocytes expressing ASICs 1-3...
November 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134293/medicinal-foods-for-functional-gi-disorders
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REVIEW
Brent W Acker, Brooks D Cash
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Over the past 10 years, there has been a dramatic increase in basic and clinical research involving functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs). New diagnostic and biomarker procedures are helping to identify physiologic disruptions associated with FGIDs on cellular and molecular levels. Simultaneously, clinicians are using new approaches to help manage patients with FGIDs. Among these, an important component of care has been the use of medical foods. These include probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, peppermint oil, caraway oil, curcumin, bovine immunoglobulin and many others...
November 13, 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077554/antifungal-properties-of-essential-oils-for-improvement-of-indoor-air-quality-a-review
#16
REVIEW
Harriet Whiley, Sharyn Gaskin, Tiffany Schroder, Kirstin Ross
Concerns regarding indoor air quality, particularly the presence of fungi and moulds, are increasing. The potential for essential oils to reduce, control or remove fungi, is gaining interest as they are seen as a "natural" alternative to synthetic chemical fungicides. This review examines published research on essential oils as a method of fungal control in indoor environments. It was difficult to compare the relative performances of essential oils due to differences in research methods and reporting languages...
October 27, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023481/phytochemical-residue-profiles-in-rice-grains-fumigated-with-essential-oils-for-the-control-of-rice-weevil
#17
S Ezhil Vendan, S Manivannan, Anila M Sunny, R Murugesan
In the present study, we investigated the fumigant potential of five edible essential oils (EOs) against Sitophilus oryzae and their phytochemical residues in treated grains. Among the tested EOs, peppermint oil proved significantly effective (P ≤ 0.05) on S.oryzae at 400 μl/L air concentration, inducing 83 and 100% mortalities in with-food and without-food conditions respectively over 72 h exposure. In addition, it was also observed that the binary mixtures of peppermint + lemon oil (1:1 ratio) produced an equivalent effect to that of peppermint oil alone treatments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993585/determination-of-brilliant-blue-fcf-by-a-novel-solid-state-ecl-quenching-sensor-of-ru-bpy-3-2-poly-sulfosalicylic-acid-gce
#18
Xiaohui Chen, Jiahao Yin, Chao Zhang, Nian Lu, Zhidong Chen
A novel solid-state electrochemiluminescence (ECL) quenching sensor was constructed for determination of brilliant blue FCF (BB FCF). Under a simple electropolymerization step, poly(sulfosalicylic acid) (PSSA) film attached luminophore Ru(bpy)3(2+) was successfully formed on the surface of a glass carbon electrode [Ru(bpy)3(2+)-PSSA/GCE], which exhibited excellent ECL behavior. A high quenching effect on the ECL signal of the Ru(bpy)3(2+)-PSSA/GCE was obtained with the presence of low concentration of BB FCF...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978457/in-vitro-efficacy-of-a-botanical-acaricide-and-its-active-ingredients-against-larvae-of-susceptible-and-acaricide-resistant-strains-of-rhipicephalus-boophilus-microplus-canestrini-acari-ixodidae
#19
Nirbhay K Singh, Robert J Miller, Guilherme M Klafke, John A Goolsby, Donald B Thomas, Adalberto A Perez de Leon
Ticks and tick-borne diseases are a major constraint for a sustainable cattle industry in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The development of resistance to most of the commonly used acaricides has led to an assessment of herbal products for acaricidal activity as an eco-friendly tick control alternative. A botanical product, Essentria(®) IC-3 insect concentrate containing rosemary oil (10%), geraniol (5%) and peppermint oil (2%), acts on target pests by blocking octopamine. Essentria(®) IC-3 and its active components were evaluated for larvicidal activity against several susceptible and acaricide-resistant strains of the cattle fever tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus Canestrini by Larval Packet test using 14-21 d old unfed larvae...
September 14, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948100/integrative-taxonomy-of-the-ornamental-peppermint-shrimp-public-market-and-population-genetics-of-lysmata-boggessi-the-most-heavily-traded-species-worldwide
#20
J Antonio Baeza, Donald C Behringer
The ornamental trade is a worldwide industry worth >15 billion USD with a problem of rampant product misidentification. Minimizing misidentification is critical in the face of overexploitation of species in the trade. We surveyed the peppermint shrimp ornamental marketplace in the southeastern USA, the most intense market for peppermint shrimps worldwide, to characterize the composition of species in the trade, reveal the extent of misidentification, and describe the population genetics of the true target species...
2017: PeerJ
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